The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Tom trick Aunt Polly so that he can escape?

Tom yells out for Aunt Polly to look behind her, and he runs off when she turns around.

2. Describe Aunt Polly's dilemma in punishing Tom.

Aunt Polly gets a bad conscience when she lets Tom get away with things, feeling that she's not doing right by him. On the other hand, she doesn't have the heart to spank him. Polly decides to make Tom work as his punishment.

3. What mistake does Tom make that gives away to Polly that he played hooky?

After swimming, Tom remembers to sew his collar, so that Polly can't tell that he took it off to go swimming. However, sometimes Aunt Polly uses black thread to sew his collar, and sometimes she uses white. Tom makes the mistake of sewing his collar with black thread, when Polly sewed it with white. Sid notices the mistake and gives Tom away.

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